Politics

George Will: Palin ‘cannot be elected’

Laura Donovan Contributor

To many, the biggest question surrounding the 2012 presidential election remains: Will Sarah Palin run?

Regardless of the answer, conservative columnist George Will believes Palin “cannot be elected president because she cannot compete where elections are decided.”

On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Will explained that Palin will have trouble getting votes in specific parts of the country.

“The president’s secret weapon may be the Republican nominating electorate,” Will said. “There is one person, high in the polls, Sarah Palin, who cannot be elected president because she cannot compete where elections are decided. In the collar counties outside Chicago, Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia — just can’t compete there.”

Will went on to suggest that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and South Dakota Sen. John Thune could be strong 2012 GOP presidential nominees.

Will may not think Palin can score an election victory, but he does have faith that a “balding…unimpressive” man could replace President Barack Obama if enough Americans are fed up with the Obama administration.

“I think that Americans often vote for the opposite of what has disappointed them,” Will said when asked about the potential candidacy of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012. “If they’re disappointed with Mr. Obama, then a short, balding, unimpressive, uncharismatic competent governor might be just the thing for them.”

As it turns out, Daniels’ wife and kids are terrified of what could happen if he runs for president, according to the Tribune Star.

“It scares them to death,” Daniels said. “And it should.”

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